Saturday, March 12, 2005


Sat., Mar. 12, 2005 - Reader's Advice

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Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2004 18:56:37 -0800
From: Sybil Finemel
Subject: [LM_NET] GEN: website Reader’s Advice"
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Reader’s Advice
Full of genre lists and lists of series, and an author index where you canclick on the name of an author and get a list of readalikes.
Sybil FinemelLibrary Director MLIS.CIO.
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Sat., Mar. 12, 2005 - Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening -- PBS [RealPlayer]

This site is a companion to a new PBS program on the life and work of
nineteenth-century Louisiana author Kate Chopin, reviled in her own time
after the publication of _The Awakening_ in 1899. Fifty years later,
however, Chopin's place in American literature was restored, and her
best-known work is now one of the five most-read American novels in
colleges and universities. Visitors to the site will find a RealPlayer clip
from the documentary, the transcript, excerpts from interviews made during
the production, and a chronology of Chopin's life. Both fans and literature
teachers will appreciate the main feature of the site, an electronic
library containing the full text of _The Awakening_ and twelve short
stories. Additional resources at the site include related links,
bibliographies, primary sources, and an extensive list of selected
criticism. These latter resources, combined with the full-text writings,
make this site an excellent adjunct to American or Women's literature
courses. [MD]

>From Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999.

[NOTE: Previously posted from Scout Report, June 25, 1999. – Phyllis ]


Sat., Mar. 12, 2005 - Links to the Past / Women Change America

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Subject: S.O.S. -- Help for Busy Teachers (Site 16): America's past

Sites of the School Days
a weekly update to
Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators on Discovery Channel School


Site 16

Links to the Past: Explore America's Past

...a site with links to information and resources about America's cultural past, including buildings, landscapes, archeological sites, ethnographic resources, objects and documents, structures and districts

[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted.
See Also: "Women Change America"
– Phyllis ]

Kathy Schrock
Administrator for Technology


Sat., Mar. 12, 2005 - CNN: Women's History Month

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Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 10:34:08 -0700
From: Gloria Curdy
Subject: [LM_NET] Really good Women's History site
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

CNN Student News presents this Web special, which contains background
information, activities, keywords and online resources to help students
understand and appreciate the unique contributions of American women. This
may be used to celebrate during March for Women's History month. However,
hopefully these resources will be integrated in lessons all year.
This site has lots of info and links for teachers!

Gloria Curdy
K-12 Library Media Program Coordinator
Missoula County Public Schools
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Friday, March 11, 2005


Fri., Mar. 11, 2005

Taken From:

ResearchBuzz #312 -- December 2, 2004

Two great tastes are put together in Freshpatents ( ) which offers an RSS feed of patent applications as well as keyword searching. You'll need to register to use the site. When I registered I got an odd error about the certificate. If the site had wanted anything more than an user name and password to register I would have stopped right there, but it didn't.

Once registered, I wandered through the site. It looks like it's updated every Thursday (except this past Thursday.) Information on the site includes an RSS feed of patent highlights and pointers to specific lists of patent applications in bunches of categories. Listings link to patent abstracts and additional information.

If you have specific patent interests, you may monitor up to ten keywords. Results for the keywords you specify will be e-mailed to you every Monday morning. You can also see patent applications broken out by US state or by country, by industry (agh! My eyeballs! The text here is crammed a little closely together) by inventory (browsable alphabetically -- huge list here) or by agent (from A Gilent Technologies, Inc. Legal Department, Dl429 to Zymogenetics, Inc.)

Patent data is searchable by keyword with some narrowing options (title/abstract, agent, etc.) Very fast site. I want to see a few more weeks' worth of content.


ResearchBuzz is copyright 2004 Tara Calishain. All rights reserved.


Fri., Mar. 11, 2005

Taken From:
TeachersFirst Update - March 7, 2005
Recent Additions

Chemistry Grades 10 to 12 Normal Community High School
This extensive resource was put together by high school science teachers and is filled with materials to help students with their chemistry classes. There is quite a bit to investigate, but the homepage contains an excellent hyperlinked index. Some of the features include formula calculators, the periodic table, a solubility chart, and links to related online sources. You must use Internet Explorer to view the animated features. With links to:

AP Chemistry

AP Chemistry

Great AP teacher site
Adrian Dingle's Chemistry Pages

Useful Web Links

Includes link to:
Library of Chemistry Information


Mondrian for Kids Grades 2 to 5 PeoplesTank
Take your elementary art students to the computer lab and introduce them to the simple, abstract designs of Piet Mondrian with this interactive activity. Follow the simple directions for using the Mondrian Machine and watch the masterpieces appear. Completed works may be saved or printed.

Mondrimat Grades 6 to 12 Stephen Linhart
Secondary students can use this interactive tool to experiment with the color, space, and visual rhythm characteristic of Piet Mondrian's work. Start with one solid block, then follow basic instructions to create horizontal and vertical divisions. Each rectangle can be easily resized or re-colored. A few simple mouse clicks will yield impressive results.


Web Math Grades 1 to 12 Web Math
This math site is filled with interactive demonstrations that address a huge array of math concepts - from the most basic early elementary skills to algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Select a topic or age group and then browse through the offerings. "Math for Everyone," an especially useful link for older students, offers authentic math problems related to figuring out tips, simple and compound interest, and the cost of electricity. Beware of the "Ask an Expert" feature - a fee is involved in receiving a solution, but past questions and answers can be viewed free of charge.

Copyright © 2001 by the Network for Instructional TV, Inc.
All rights reserved.


Fri., Mar. 11, 2005

Taken From:

======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences ===
======== November 12, 2004 ======
===== Volume 3, Number 23 ======

Boston University: Center for Polymer Studies [jpeg, pdf, gif]

Boston University promotes the Center for Polymer Studies' involvement in
the research of polymer, random, and fractal systems and the development of
experimental and computational materials for high school and undergraduate
education. Users can find concise descriptions, colorful images, and
abstracts of publications for the Center's many research projects including
Physics of Disordered Media and Econophysics. Along with explanations of
science education projects, educators and students can find software tools
to help individuals "visualize atomic motion, manipulate atomic
interactions, and quantitatively investigate the resulting macroscopic
properties of biological, chemical, and physical systems." Because of the
Center's bringing together of research and education, this website will be
especially beneficial to educators. [RME]

Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites [RealPlayer]

At this website, the American Museum of Natural History provides a well-
constructed introduction to meteorites. Students can learn about meteorites'
origins, characteristics, and their appearance. Individuals can discover how
scientists study meteorites, which contain the older material in the solar
system, to understand the origin of the solar system and the creation of
planets. The site presents meteorite impacts and hazards on Earth and the
Moon. Users can view and learn about two large meteorites, Ahnighito and
Cape York, on display at the Museum. The site offers a video illustrating
the journey of a meteorite. [RME]

Noise - Bringing Science to Life [Macromedia Flash Player]

The NOISE (New Outlooks in Science and Engineering) website "aims to raise awareness of science and engineering among young people by making these subjects more relevant and accessible." Funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, this fun site offers entertaining articles describing how science benefits sports, fashion, entertainment, and individuals' everyday lives. Students considering becoming scientists canread the interests and activities of many young scientists involved in the project. In the Serious Science link, users can discover valuable information about physics, chemistry, materials, and other science fields. With the help of the many creative materials offered at this website, young people are sure to become engaged in science. [RME]

Mt. Erebus Volcano Observatory [QuickTime]

The Mt. Erebus Volcano Observatory website offers a plethora of information
about the geology, geochemistry, and geophysics research at Mt. Erebus in
Antarctica. The site addresses the evolution of Erebus, lava and gas
chemistry, seismology, and much more. Students can discover how Mount
Erebus's environment changes by examining two day, 30 day, and 365 day
records. The Photo Gallery is packed with incredible images of the
landscape, geologic features, and the scientific monitoring. Users can view
live footage as well as movies of volcanic eruptions and the inner and outer
crater. Because the materials are not particularly technical, users can
easily learn about volcanology and, more specifically, about scientists'
efforts to better understand Mt. Erebus. [RME]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright InternetScout Project 1994-2004.


Fri., Mar. 11, 2005

Taken From:
PBS Teacher Previews: March 13-19, 2005

Maine Public Broadcasting Network
"QUEST: Investigating Our World"
Middle / High School

This companion Web site, produced by PBS member station MPB,offers an extensive array of lesson plans for middle school andhigh school students. Lessons are on such topics as climatechange, managing wildlife and the biomechanics of sports.


Online NewsHour EXTRA
"Court Abolishes Juvenile Death Penalty"
Middle / High School

Check out this online publication from the NewsHour that brings
current events into the classroom with a fresh perspective.
This week EXTRA reports on the recent Supreme Court ruling that
states cannot use the death penalty on offenders who commit
crimes when they are under the age of 18.
[See Also: Washington Post article (may require free registration)
- Phyllis ]

Deep Impact: First Look Inside a Comet
Elementary / Middle / High School

Log on and get a look inside a comet. Plus, download lesson
plans and activities that are matched to national science or
math standards.

Copyright 2005 PBS Online

Thursday, March 10, 2005


Thurs., Mar. 10, 2005

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for December 2, 2004

Building With Books ------------------------------------------------
This site offers an alternative for disposing of undesirable
books: build them into furniture. The site documents the
exhibition of lamps, umbrella stands, picture frames, and related
objects, along with "photographs of the process, [and] publicity
posters." The project was the result of a classroom and library
collaboration at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
* Recycling (Waste, etc.)
* Furniture design
* Discarding of books, periodicals, etc.
Created by: rv


ChessKIDS Academy -----------------------------------------------------------
"Online interactive lessons, quizzes and games for kids, two chess
computers for you to play, and a resource center for parents and
teachers of kids who play, or would like to play, chess, including
a scholastic chess download pack to enable any school to run a
chess club." Searchable. From a chess teacher.
* Chess
* LII classic content
Created by: dl


CU Succeed Resources ------------------------------------
Offers articles and resources for teens about management of
personal finances. Includes downloadable budget spreadsheets, a
financial glossary, and online calculators for loans, savings,
auto loans, and credit card payoffs. Features articles written by
teenagers on buying a car, choosing a college, finding a job,
tracking expenses, and related topics. From a credit union league
partnership that assists "credit unions in the United States and
Canada in attracting teen members."
* Finance, Personal
* Credit unions
Created by: mrm


Orchard House ----------------------------------------------------------------------
Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts, "was the Alcott family's
most permanent home (from 1858 to 1877). Louisa May Alcott wrote
her classic work, 'Little Women,' here in 1868." This site
features a virtual tour of the house, and brief biographical
information about Louisa May Alcott, her mother, her three
sisters, and her father Amos Bronson Alcott (a transcendental
philosopher and teacher). Also includes ideas for planning a
birthday party around a "Little Women" theme.
* Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888
* Alcott family
* Authors, American
* Museums
* People
Created by: mcb


SafeUSA: Safe at Home ---------------------------------------------
This site provides a compilation of links to information about
safety issues related to the home, school, community, travel, and
work. Topics include fire safety, outdoor safety, baby-proofing,
holiday safety, pet safety, poison safety, domestic violence,
sports safety, car safety, and work hazards. Some of the links are
broken. From a nonprofit "alliance of public agencies and private
organizations whose programs include research, service, training,
communications, and policy development related to injury and
violence prevention."
* Accidents
* Safety education
Created by: mcb

Use of the annotations from this list must be accompanied by:Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII.

Thank you for using Librarians' Index to the Internet!

Karen G. Schneider,
New This Week Listowner, and Director, Librarians' Index to the Internet
Reliable, librarian-selected Internet resources you can trust!


Thurs., Mar. 10, 2005 - Yad Vashem / National Safe Place Week 3/13-19/05

Taken From:
======== The Scout Report ====
====== December 3, 2004 ======
====== Volume 10, Number 48 ======

Yad Vashem (Last reviewed on December 1, 2000) [pdf, Windows Media

It has been four years since the Scout Report took a close look at the Yad
Vashem website, and during that time, this fine site has added a number of
helpful resources that are worth noting. The parent organization responsible
for the site (the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority) was
established in 1953, and since then has been "entrusted with documenting the
history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust period". To be sure one of
the most important recent additions to the site is the central database of
Shoah Victim's Names, where visitors may search a computerized database
which contains the names of approximately half of the victims of the
Holocaust. In order to give context to some of these individuals, visitors
will want to go within "The Stories Behind the Names" section to learn more.
Needless to say, the "Explore and Discover" area warrants several visits
itself, as it contains helpful educational materials (such as "This Month in
Holocaust History") and a number of classroom activities. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

YMCA National Safe Place [pdf]

In today's world where many social services for young people are being
scaled back due to budgetary constraints, outreach programs such as Project
Safe Place are important to know about. The program got its start in 1983 in
Louisville, and since then has spread to many parts of the country.
Essentially, the Safe Place program creates a network of locations (such as
schools, fire stations, YMCAs, and libraries) where young people who may be
distressed by difficult and threatening situations, such as domestic
disputes or other such problems, can find help and support resources. On the
site, visitors can learn in great detail about the program, find Safe Place
locations around the country, and read about the organization's history and
current leadership. One highlight to note on the site is the Teen Topics
area, which has been designed specifically for teenagers as a place to read
about topics they may have questions about, such as eating disorders,
suicide, and teen crime. [KMG] National Safe Place Week March 13-19, 2005.

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2004.


Thurs., Mar. 10, 2005 - St. Patrick's Day / Literary Ireland

Taken From:
Date Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2005 2:02 PM
Subject: The History Channel Education Update

The History Channel Classroom is an hour long, commercial-free,
copyright cleared programming block that airs Monday through Friday
from 6-7 am ET. ( )

Monday, March 14, 2005 @ 6-7 am ET, Thursday, March 17 @ 12 pm ET and @ 6 pm ET
The History of St. Patrick's Day

Literary Ireland
James Joyce George Bernard Shaw Samuel Beckett
William Butler Yeats Jonathan Swift Seamus Heaney
Oscar Wilde Elizabeth Bowen

Celebrating the Green: The History of Saint Patrick's Day (Classroom Study Guide)
[Shortened URL: ]


Thurs., Mar. 10, 2005 - Monthly Holidays and Celebrations

[NOTE: See also Education World Holiday Page - Phyllis ]

Taken From:
Date Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2004 5:07 PM
Subject: S.O.S. -- Help for Busy Teachers (Site 15): Holidays and Celebrations


Sites of the School Days
a weekly update to
Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators on
Discovery Channel School


Site 15

Monthly Holidays and Celebrations

...a great collection of links to holiday information and resources, but this site also includes content-related celebrations such as the birth of the Internet and Paul Revere's birthday
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Kathy Schrock
Administrator for Technology

Wednesday, March 09, 2005


Wed., Mar. 9, 2005

Taken From:
======== The Scout Report =====
===== February 25, 2005 =======
===== Volume 11, Number 8 ======

International Architecture Database

Drawing on the contributions from persons across much of Europe, the International Architecture Database website has served as a valuable clearinghouse for thousands of architectural projects (both built and unrealized) since 1996. Currently, the database contains information on more than 13,000 projects, most from the 20th and 21st centuries. Visitors can begin by browsing the database by name, location, or keyword. Looking at asingle record, visitors will be presented with a host of information, such as building type, primary architect, location, years of construction, and incertain cases with external links, photographs, and plans. Looking through the lists of keywords can actually be quite useful, as each keyword is linked to examples that are demonstrative of the idea suggested by the keyword, such as early Gothic or elementary school. Overall, this is a fine resource for those persons who wish to learn a bit more about architecture or for those looking for information on different architectural projects.[KMG]

Performing Medieval Narrative Today: A Video Showcase [QuickTime]

Faculty and staff from New York University's French Department and Bobst
Library, with support from an anonymous donor, have created this site to
present video clips of performances of medieval narratives. The intent of
the site is to use performance to improve teaching medieval literature,
since most medieval narratives were originally intended for performance.
Video offerings include a performer singing the opening lines of the
Nibelungenlied accompanying himself on an Irish harp; a student reciting
from memory a passage from Chretien de Troyes, Perceval, in which the
Grail appears and Perceval remains silent; and an excerpt from a public
performance of Beowulf. Search for clips by selecting criteria, such as
language, title, author, or musical instruments, from drop-down menus, or
select "list site contents" to see all available clips listed. The videos
are accompanied by full catalog records, with background on the performance,
plot summaries, and length of the clip. [DS]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2004.



Wed., Mar. 9, 2005 - Music Sites

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Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 07:43:52 -0600
From: "Erickson, Paula"
Subject: [LM_NET] HIT: Music websites
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Wow, what great response. And amazingly, no duplicate sites. You guys
are awesome. A couple of you requested a hit. So here it goes...

[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some were previously posted. - Phyllis ] Plus click at the top of the page for
information on operas. Guide to Opera for the

Try the Blue Web'n site under music:
Shortened URL:

I have some links here:

Paula Erickson
Fort Osage High School
Library Media Specialist

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Wed., Mar. 9, 2005

Taken From:
======== The Scout Report ==
======== November 19, 2004 ====
======== Volume 10, Number 46 ======

Connecticut History Online

Online digital collaborations have reaped great dividends in the past few
years, and this latest project involving the Connecticut State Library,
Mystic Seaport, the Connecticut Historical Society, and the New Haven Colony
Historical Society is no exception. Currently, the Connecticut History
Online website contains over 14,000 images of photographs, drawings, and
prints that may be searched in a number of ways, including by keyword,
creator, title, and date. For those who may be overwhelmed by these numerous
options, there are also a number of thematic "Journeys", which are intended
to introduce visitors to highlights of this diverse collection. Some of
these sections include such themes such as "Maritime Trades", Connecticut
goes to the Beach", and "Rural Life in Connecticut". Educators will
appreciate the classroom section of the site, which contains numerous lesson
plans, puzzles, and a citation guide that will be of great assistance. [KMG]

[NOTE: See also: Primary Sources - Phyllis ]

Ename 974

Located in the Dutch-speaking area of Belgium, the village of Ename is
ensconced within the Flemish Ardennes, a hilly region in southwestern
Flanders. Historically, the site was first home to a fortress in the 11th
century, which gave rise to a trading settlement. The area thrived for seven
centuries until the revolutionary government of France ordered that the
monastery at Ename be closed forever. Seeking to bring some of the
historical fragments of this place to the web, the Ename 974 project was
developed under the direction of Dirk Callebaut. On the physical site
itself, the staff members continue to work on a large archaeological project
and the process of developing various interpretive exhibits. The website is
a delightful to get a basic understanding of Ename and the work that is
going on there currently. Here visitors can browse through the interior of
the Saint-Laurentius Church (the only original intact structure on the
site), and view various reconstructions of the structures that one would
have encountered at Ename in the medieval period. Overall, the site offers a
good example of how archaeological work actually happens in the field, along
with offering some insights into the world of medieval northwestern Europe.

Musipedia [Windows Media Player]

Previously known as "Melodyhound", Musipedia is an open music encyclopedia
modeled on (but not formally associated with) Wikipedia. Online (in one form
or another) since 1997, Musipedia is a searchable, editable, and expandable
collection of tunes, melodies, and musical themes. Essentially, every entry
can by edited by any concerned visitors, and entries can contain pieces of
sheet music, a MIDI file, and text that describes the work and its composer.
Visitors can also whistle or sing a melody through their computer's
microphone in order that they might search the site and find out more about
that individual song or melody. The current database includes over 10000
classical melodies, over 17,000 folk songs, and around 100 national anthems.
Finally, the site also has two helpful discussion forums where visitors may
seek the assistance of other users of the site. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2004.


Wed., Mar. 9, 2005 - Primary Resources: Digital Collections Online

Taken From:
Date: Wed Nov 3, 2004 4:00 am

Digital Collections Online (DCO) - Browse by Subject

Welcome to Digital Collections Online (DCO), a database created
by librarians at the University of Connecticut Libraries. This new
resource includes information about and links to digital collections
worldwide, which range in subject from classic American sheet
music and Connecticut history to George Washington's papers at
the Library of Congress and Victorian literature. The database currently
contains 200 collections and will be updated on a continual basis.
To locate a specific collection, search the database by keyword, title,
subject, or media type---including image, photograph, sound, text, or
video format. Collections may also be browsed by title or subject.

Contain primary resource materials;

Primary resources are original materials which have not be interpreted
by someone other than their creator such as manuscripts, diaries,
letters, photographs, maps, audio and video recordings, etc.

In many cases, primary resources typically represent the unique assets
of an organization or institution and their condition and value often pose
access problems for users.

The Web makes it possible to facilitate access to primary resources
via digitization efforts in the form of digital collections.

Most collection headings have multiple links within.

Linda Bee
Temple Terrace, FL

Tuesday, March 08, 2005


Tues., Mar. 8, 2005

Taken From:

E-Mail Reminder
Week 192
December 2, 2004

Education--United States--Statistics
Source: NCES
New Report, Trends in Educational Equity of Girls & Women: 2004
"This statistical report assembles a series of indicators that examine the extent to which males and females have access to the same educational opportunities, avail themselves equally of these opportunities, perform at similar levels throughout schooling, succeed at similar rates, and reap the same benefits from their educational experiences."

Education--United States--Statistics
Source: NCES
Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2004

Abortions--United States--Statistics
Source: CDC
New Report, Abortion Surveillance --- United States, 2001
"For each year since 1969, CDC has compiled abortion data by state or area of occurrence."

ResourceShelf is Compiled and Edited by
Gary D. Price, MLIS
Gary Price Library Research and Internet Consulting

Contributing Editors
+ Shirl Kennedy, MLIS
+ Dan Giancaterino, MLIS
+ Steven Cohen, MLS


Tues., Mar. 8, 2005 - A History of Women in America

A History of Women in America

Links and other Resources


Tues., Mar. 8, 2005 - Edgar Allan Poe

Taken From:
Date Sent: Monday, November 29, 2004 2:46 AM
Subject: Edgar More Poe Than Allan (Nov 29)


Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database (New York University)
Offers synopses and commentary from a medical perspective on poems and short stories. Themes include death and dying, euthanasia, freedom, individuality, mental illness, obsession, pain, rebellion, and science.
[Shortened URL: ]

Neurotic Poets - Edgar Allan Poe
A biography that examines Poe's troubled life -- his alcoholism, abuse of laudanum and opium, his struggle to establish a professional career and magazine (The Penn Magazine, which would later be renamed The Stylus), and the downward spiral which lead to his death in 1849.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

The Poe Decoder
Collection of literary criticism and analysis of Poe's poetry, short stories, and scientific accomplishments. Examined poems and works include "The Raven," The Black Cat, Ligeia, William Wilson, and The Man of the Crowd.


Tues., Mar. 8, 2005 - Sports Poetry Contest

Taken From:
Sent : Friday, November 26, 2004 11:43 AM
Subject: [LIFE of Florida] Center for Sports Poetry All-American Contest

Competition categories: elementary school, middle school,
high school and college/university.
deadline for submission on April 15, 2005.
For detailed information:

LIFE of Florida homepage & Forums:

Monday, March 07, 2005


Mon., Mar. 7, 2005 - Order from Chaos

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Order From Chaos: Linnaeus Disposes

Today's site, from Carnegie Mellon University's Hunt Institute, is devoted
to the 18th century Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus. The many Gentle
Subscribers who can rattle off such names as Hydrangea arborescens
'Annabelle' may enjoy discovering how Linnaeus made such a logical naming
system possible.

"Carolus Linnaeus (also Carl von Linne, 1707-1778) was a Swedish
botanist, physician, and zoologist whose work laid the foundations of
modern biological systematics and nomenclature. ... Drawing on the work of
his predecessors and contemporaries, Linnaeus developed a coherent system
for describing, classifying and naming organisms. Linnaeus’ students
traveled the globe to explore and collect information and specimens.
Aspects of the Linnaean system have enabled amateurs and professionals
worldwide to identify, name and describe plants for more than two
centuries." - from the website

The introductory section of the site explores "pre-Linnean" botany, with an
excellent collection of annotated images, under various subject headings
from "Crisis" to "The Rise of the Universities" and "The Birth of Modern
Botany'. The core of the presentation examines how Linnaeus synthesized the
work of others, his scientific accomplishments and the Linnean system "in
action". In addition, there are details on his students as well as a look
at the Linnaean legacy and how it shapes modern botany. Rounding out the
site is a bibliography and links to relevant online resources.

Journey to the site for an excellent exhibit on Linnaeus' contribution to
modern biology classification systems at:

If the above URL wraps in your e-mail client, enter it all on one line in
your browser or use this TinyURL:

A.M. Holm


Mon., Mar. 7, 2005 -

Taken From:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences ===
======== November 26, 2004 ===
======== Volume 3, Number 24 ======

Missouri Botanical Garden-Education Division: Exploring the Tropics

Developed by the Education Division at the Missouri Botanical Garden, this
self-guided online tour provides students with a good overview of tropical
rain forests. The tour utilizes great illustrations and concise sections to
discuss interesting topics such as plant adaptations, and animal and plant
interactions. Other tutorial topics include rain forest layers, biological
diversity, economic plants of the tropics, effects of elevation on
vegetation, and more. The site also discusses some causes of rainforest
destruction, and suggests simple activities that can help protect rain
forests. [NL]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

University of California-Berkeley Museum of Paleontology: What Did T.
rex Taste Like?

>From the University of California-Berkeley Museum of Paleontology (UCMP),
this interactive learning module, developed for students in grades seven
though 12, serves as "an introduction to cladistics, the most commonly used
method of classification today." The module utilizes cool graphics, and a
tour-like format to explore evolutionary relationships, and the diversity of
life. UCMP suggests setting aside three to four class periods for students
to navigate through the entire module. The site includes a helpful Teacher's
Guide with sections addressing technical requirements, module navigation and
trouble-shooting, and related activities and resources. The Guide also
provides a suggested lesson plan for the module, online handouts, and
assessment materials. [NL]
[NOTE: Home page
previously posted. – Phyllis ]

The Garden Helper

This informative online gardening resource was created by longtime gardener
and former nursery owner Bill Beaurain. The website presents information
addressing such topics as Gardening Basics, Creating New Gardens, Fruits and
Vegetables, Annual and Perennial Plants, Shrubs and Trees, Bulbs, and more.
Site visitors can also link to brief growing guidelines for a wide variety
of plants listed by scientific and common name. In addition, the website
includes a beautiful, interactive USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; and
information about caring for house plants, and dealing with garden pests and
problems. The site offers an online Gardener's Forum, a Garden Encyclopedia,
a Glossary, a Gardening Calendar of monthly tasks, and cookie recipes as
well. [NL]

WWF's Living Planet Report 2004 [pdf]

The 2004 Living Planet Report is the fifth in a series of global ecological
updates from the WWF. The Report assesses the state of ecosystems around the
world using two primary measures: The Living Planet Index, which is based on
population trends for hundreds of forest, freshwater, and marine species,
and the Ecological Footprint, which is based on human demands on renewable
natural resources. The 44-page report shows, among other things, that as
human consumption has continued to rise beyond sustainable levels, global
animal populations have been declining at a rapid pace. English and
Portuguese versions of the 2004 Report are available in portable document
format, as well as Reports from 2002, 2000, and 1999. In addition, the site
offers a world map animation representing the growth of our ecological
footprint during the past few decades. [NL]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout
Project 1994-2004.


Mon., Mar. 7, 2005

Taken From:
======== The Scout Report ==
======== November 5, 2004 ====
======== Volume 10, Number 44 ======

Brooklyn Botanic Garden: New York Metropolitan Flora Project [pdf]

Started in 1990, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden began a rather ambitious
project to document the flora in all counties within a 50-mile radius of New
York City, including all of Long Island, southeastern New York State, and
northern New Jersey. Much of the funding for the project comes from the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the New York Community Trust. As part of the
public outreach component of this project, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has
created the online metropolitan plant encyclopedia, along with a botanical
key to identifying these plants. Visitors can browse through the
encyclopedia at their leisure, consult a glossary of terms, and learn more
about each species. Additionally, the "What Plants Grow Where" will help
users learn which woody plant species grow in any given county within the
study area. [KMG] [NOTE: Includes Mercer & Monmouth Counties. – Phyllis ]

Crime in the United States: 2003 [Microsoft Excel, pdf]

Every year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) produces its annual
complete crime report for the United States, and the report for 2003 was
recently made available in a variety of formats on the agency's website.
While the report is a bit overwhelming (it is 516 pages in length), novice
users may want to start by looking at page v, which explains how to read and
understand the numbers contained within the report. Section II contains
details on all offenses reported, including violent crime, property crime,
and hate crime. In brief, the report reveals that violent crime in the
United States dropped three percent last year, and that 62 percent of last
year's murders have been solved to date. It is also worth noting that during
the past 10 years, total violent crime in the U.S. has dropped 25 percent.
A number of separate tables are available in the Excel format, including
"Murder Victims by Age, by Weapon" and "Arrests by State". [KMG]

Japan Society [pdf]

The Japan Society was founded in New York City in 1907 by a group of
businesspeople who were intimately interested in promoting relations between
the United States and Japan. While the Society experienced a downturn in
activities during World War II, the postwar period saw the Society come
under the direction of John D. Rockefeller III, who was able to vastly
expand its programs. Currently, the Society offers a number of programs,
including programs for K-12 educators, a language center, a global affairs
lecture and seminar series, and exhibitions in its gallery. One particularly
nice resource is the mini-site, "Journey Through Japan", which may be found
in the education section. This part of the site is designed specifically for
educators, and includes background readings, lesson plans, maps, an
interactive timeline and a photo gallery. Additionally, visitors can sign up
to receive a number of specialized electronic newsletters sent out by the
Society. [KMG]
[NOTE: Journey Through Japan - Phyllis ]

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention [pdf, RealPlayer]

With headquarters in New York, the American Foundation for Suicide
Prevention (AFSP) was established in 1987 in order to create a coherent and
combined effort to fund research that would assist in the prevention of
suicide. During the past 17 years, the organization has created an extensive
network of research grant programs, workshops for those seeking to form
survivor support groups, and a suicide data bank. The AFSP website contains
information on some of its outreach programs, such as the National Survivors
of Suicide Day and also its service announcements. There is a great deal of
pragmatic information here as well, including a FAQ section which provides
answers to pressing questions such as "What is the biggest cause of suicide
among college students?". The site is rounded out by a topically organized
list of important online resources, such as statistics about suicide,
clinical information, and prevention and screening materials. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2004.


Mon., Mar. 7, 2005 - Kids' Web Japan

---------Forwarded Message--------
Sent : Wednesday, November 17, 2004 4:33 PM
Subject : [LIFE of Florida] Cultural Geography: Kid’s Web Japan

Kid's Web Japan

Kids Web Japan is a site that introduces Japan to schoolchildren aged between 10 and 14 who live in other countries. We would be delighted if this site was used as a supplementary source of information for school lessons on Japan or by families to learn about Japan together. Kids Web Japan is sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and operated by a Japanese nongovernmental organization.

Learning is For Everyone, Inc.

Sunday, March 06, 2005


Sun., Mar 6, 2005 - Braille Instruction Resources

Taken From:

Braille Instruction Resources
An annotated guide to web-based resources, courtesy of the New York State School for the Blind Resource Center.

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2004.


Sun., Mar 6, 2005 - The Extinction of World Languages

Taken From:
Riverdeep's Classroom Flyer, Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

As our economies and peoples become more globalized, what's at stake? Endangered world languages for one, but what further factors contribute to the extinction of a language? Explore the issues here, and stop by the language chart to see which languages are spoken by the most people in the world; you might be surprised.

Brenda Barron, Editor
(c) 2004 Riverdeep. All rights reserved.


Sun., Mar 6, 2005

Taken From:

NobleEd News
February 20, 2005

Mas arriba (©2000-05 by Gary Aitken) A full-colour, interactive workbook of introductory Spanish language exercises, based on the pictorial contextualization of basic vocabulary and language points. There is instant feed-back and vocabulary help.

Word Problems for Kids
"This Web Site contains word problems for students and teachers. The problems are classified into grade levels from Grade 5 to Grade 12. THIS IS NOT A TEST, but a set of carefully selected problems which can help you improve your problem solving skills -if you try to carefully think about how you would solve each problem, and once you have found the solution, you make sure that you understand all parts of the solution. You can try any problem you like and if the problem is a little difficult you can get helpful hints by following the hints link."
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Brain Bites
Short videos answering questions about life on the SpaceStation.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]

"JazzScience provides free experiment kits for middle school and high school classrooms, where great theories of physical science are compared with human thought, communications and interactions. The experiment kits include worksheets, data sheets and a teacher's guide. Students learn important scientific concepts and at the same time discover more about people."


Sun., Mar. 6, 2005 - Esperanto

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Saturday, October 16, 2004 and time for Foreign Languages at

Recommended Website:

I'd like to thank list member, Anna, for recommending today's website. It
offers a free, fun introduction to Esperanto -- a language that was
developed to help worldwide communication. It is not spoken by any
particular country or ethnic group, however, it has similarities to Latin,
Germanic and Slavic words. Esperanto was deliberately designed to be simple
for everyone to learn. It is highly phonetic making it easy to read,
pronounce, and spell. It was introduced at the end of the 19th century to
promote tolerance in worldwide communications as it doesn't favor any
particular people, country, or culture through its use. There are Esperanto
websites, clubs, seminars, books, music and more.

Anna wrote, "Here is a really fun site that's an introduction to Esperanto.
The graphics are engaging, and by the time you've gone through the "course"
you'll already know a few phrases." She's right. When you get to the site,
you'll be greeted by a friendly, animated host named "Zam" who will guide
you through an introduction to Esperanto. This is something that your whole
family may find fascinating. Because you can learn the language quickly --
kids can speak "Esperanto" around the house, as a sort of "secret language."

Anna also wrote, "In fact, I was so intrigued by the ease with which I could
learn Esperanto that I signed up for a free course--with a tutor, even! --
at this site:" Check it out. :)

Diane Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2004, All Rights Reserved

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